Breaking Barriers

BELGIAN EDITION

Hotels

Het Depot (Martelarenplein 12, 3000 Leuven) is situated amidst hotels and next to the train- and busstation. Apart from hotels you can also choose for a B&B, a hostel or an aparthotel with apartements or studios.

Here you can find a list of suggested places to stay, sorted by price category and distance to the venue. The venue itself, is located some 15 minutes walk away from the city center.

DOABLE ON FOOT (MAXIMUM 15 MIN WALK)

These hotels, hostels and apartments are situated close to the venue. You can reach them on foot.

Cheap (< 50 euro p/n) :

> Leuven City Hostel (http://www.booking.com/hotel/be/leuven-city-hostel.en-gb.html)
> Hostel Blauwput Leuven (http://www.booking.com/hotel/be/blauwput-leuven-hostel.en-gb.html)

Middleclass (50 to 100 euro p/n):

> Hotel La Royale (http://www.booking.com/hotel/be/la-royale.en-gb.html)
> Park Inn by Radison (http://www.booking.com/hotel/be/park-inn-leuven.en-gb.html)
> Hotel Binnenhof (http://www.booking.com/hotel/be/binnenhof.en-gb.html)
> Hotel Mille Colonnes (http://www.booking.com/hotel/be/mille-colonnes.en-gb.html)
> Hotel Malon (Hotel de la Gare)(http://www.booking.com/hotel/be/de-la-gare-leuven.en-gb.html)
> Hotel Industrie (http://www.booking.com/hotel/be/industrie.en-gb.html)
> Novotel (http://www.booking.com/hotel/be/novotelleuvencentrum.en-gb.html)
> Hotel Ibis Budget Leuven Centrum (http://www.booking.com/hotel/be/etap-leuven-centrum.en-gb.html)
> Getaway Studios (http://www.booking.com/hotel/be/getaway.en-gb.html)
> Ambassador Suites (http://www.booking.com/hotel/be/sint-maartensdal-flats.en-gb.html)

More expensive (> 100 euro p/n):

> Theater Hotel Leuven (http://www.booking.com/hotel/be/theaterleuven.en-gb.html)
> Your House Appartments (http://www.booking.com/hotel/be/your-house-vastgoed.en-gb.html

FURTHER AWAY (15 MIN TO 30 MIN WALK)

These hotels, hostels and apartments are a bit further away from the venue. You can always take one of the many busses throughout town to the venue if you don't feel like walking.

Cheap (< 50 euro p/n):

> Condo Gardens: (http://www.booking.com/hotel/be/condo-gardens-leuven.en-gb.html)
> Budget Flats (http://www.booking.com/hotel/be/city-budget-flats.en-gb.html)

Middleclass (50 to 100 euro p/n):

> B&B Lodging at 8 (http://www.booking.com/hotel/be/b-and-b-lodgingat8-be.en-gb.html)
> Huize Rafael (http://www.booking.com/hotel/be/huize-rafael.en-gb.html)
> Guest House Feliz (http://www.booking.com/hotel/be/vakantierust-leuven.en-gb.html)
> Guesthouse Sint-Jacob (http://www.booking.com/hotel/be/st-jacobs.en-gb.html)
> Cube Hostel (http://www.booking.com/hotel/be/cube-hostel-leuven.en-gb.html)
> Hotel Ibis Leuven Centrum (http://www.booking.com/hotel/be/ibisleuven.en-gb.html)
> Hotel Professor (http://www.booking.com/hotel/be/professor.en-gb.html)

More expensive (> 100 euro p/n):

> Hotel New Damshire (http://www.booking.com/hotel/be/newdamshire.en-gb.html)
> Pentahotel Leuven (http://www.booking.com/hotel/be/pentahotel-leuven.en-gb.html)
> Martin's Klooster (http://www.booking.com/hotel/be/hetklooster.en-gb.html)
> Hotel De Pastorij (http://www.booking.com/hotel/be/de-pastorij.en-gb.html)
> Begijnhof Congreshotel (http://www.booking.com/hotel/be/begijnhofcongreshotel.en-gb.html)
> Business Flats Leuven (http://www.booking.com/hotel/be/business-flats-leuven.en-gb.html)

Campings

Sadly there are no nearby campings that are open during our festival. Wild camping isn't allowed in Belgium.

Transport

Het Depot
Martelarenplein 12
3000 Leuven

Het Depot is situated next to the railway- and busstation of Leuven. From the railwaystation you can take trains to all corners of Belgium. At the bus station you can take buses to all of Leuven and around.

TRAIN

Last train to Genk at 22:43.
Last train to Hasselt (via Aarschot and Diest) at 23:34.
Last train to Antwerpen (via Airport and Mechelen) at 23:36.
Last train to Oostende (via Brussel, Gent, Brugge) at 00:01
Last train to Luik (via Tienen and Landen) at 00:50.

More info: http://www.belgianrail.be/en.

BUS

To get to the venue, you take the stop called Leuven Station (NMBS).

A bus ticket costs 3 euro and is valid for 60 minutes. You can pay on the bus, but only with a note not greater than 10 euro. There are other options (like a day-pass or a group-pass). For more info about prices: https://www.delijn.be/en/vervoerbewijzen/ritkaarten-dagpassen/?vertaling=true .

From the city center, you can take all busses going in the direction of the trainstation. In case you are unsure, you can always ask the driver. They are usually very helpful.

Leuven also has night busses untill 2:30 or 3am. These night busses are free (from 22:22pm onwards). These nightbusses leave either at the trainstation or at the Rector de Somerplein (center).

More info: https://www.delijn.be/en/?vertaling=true .

AIRPORT

From the Charleroi airport (Brussels South Charleroi Airport) you need to take a train to Brussels (South, Central or North doesn't matter but Brussels South is fastest) and then get on another train that stops at the Leuven Station (multiple trains per hour).

From the Zaventem Airport (Brussels Airport) there are many trains going directly to Leuven.

Parking

There are a few paying parkinglots (mainly underground) in the vicinity of the venue. If you park in one of those, you can use your parkingticket to ride the busses in the city center (and to the venue). Paying is done at the vending machines near the entrances and exits of the parkinglots.

  • Parking De Bond (Martelarenplein 18-19, 3000 Leuven): Open 24/24 . Underneath the trainstation of Leuven so at less than 50m from the venue. More info and prices: http://parkingdebond.be/ (Dutch only).
  • Parking Kinepolis (Bondgenotenlaan 145-149, 3000 Leuven): Situated at 150m from the venue. Pricing comparable to those of Parking De Bond.
  • Parking Minckeler (J.P. Minckelersstraat 94, 3000 Leuven): Situated at 500m from the venue. Nighttime pricing available. More info and pricing: http://www.parkeren.be/parking/leuven/minckelers (Dutch only).
  • Parking Ladeuze (Mgr. Ladeuzeplein 20, 3000 Leuven): Situated at 700m from the venue. More info and pricing: http://www.mypark.be/parkings/index/index/parking/ladeuze/id/12/option/1 (Dutch and French).

Street parking within the ringway is paying untill 9pm except on holidays and sundays (FYI: Friday 11/11/16 is a holiday). Outside of the ringway, paying is untill 7pm. The first 15 minutes are always free but you do need to take a ticket at the automats alongside the road.

Paying can be done through the 4411-app, through texting (registration required) or with eurocoins (10 cent, 20 cent, 50 cent, 1 euro or 2 euro). Street parking costs 2 euro per hour.

Restaurants & bars

Leuven has a great array of restaurants, taverns, snackbars and pubs. In this section, we will give you some suggestions based on what we feel might interest our festival visitors.

BARS

> Rock Café Leuven (Oude Markt 32, 3000 Leuven): rock, punk rockabilly and metal.
> Café Belge (Oude Markt 35, 3000 Leuven) Rock, disco,ska, punk, reggae,
balkan, rock 'n rollbut especially a big selection of Belgian beers and nice staff.
> De Giraf (Oude Markt 38, 3000 Leuven): Reggae, dub, ska, indie-rock, ...
> Libertad (Muntstraat 28, 3000 Leuven): Better rock music and singer-songwriter.
> Blauwe kater (Hallengang 1, 3000 Leuven small alleyway near Naamsestraat 15-19): Very small real ale pub with mainly Jazz and Blues and a very big assortment of (Belgian) beers.

For these pubs, you can use busline 2 at the station in the direction of Heverlee and then ask for the stop “Universiteitshal” (or just “Oude Markt”).

> Paradox (Diestsesteenweg 109, 3010 Kessel-Lo): (5 min walk from the backside of the trainstation) Sportsbar with alternative music, soccertables and gambling machines.

For this pub you can also take a bus. Buslines 370, 371 and 372 all go in that direction (Diest, Linden). Ask for stop “Blauwput Kerk” (or “Kerkstraat”) and then walk back about 100m on the other side of the road.

RESTAURANTS

De Klimop
Martelarenplein 5, 3000 Leuven
http://www.deklimopleuven.be/ (Dutch only).
French-Belgian cuisine, mainly biological and local ingredients.
Open 11:30-14:30 and 17:30-22:00 (Closes Sunday).
Reservations reccomended.

De Kokoon
's Meyersstraat 1, 3000 Leuven, side street Muntstraat
http://www.kokoon.be/ (Dutch only).
French-Belgian cuisine and wok.
Glutenfree and vegan on pre-orde available.
Open 12:00-14:30 and 18:00-22:00 (Closing days Tuesday and Saturday noon)
Reservations reccomended.

New Mexico
Muntstraat 32-34, 3000 Leuven
http://www.newmexico.be (Dutch only).
Tex-Mex.
Vegetarian and glutenfree possible, no vegan dishes.
Open: Mo – Th 18:00-22:00 | Fr 12:00-14:00 and 18:00-22:00 | Sa 12:00-14:00 and 17:30-22:00 (Closes Sunday).
Reservations reccomended.
English menu available.
Dutch, English and French are spoken.

Krua Thai
Brusselsestraat 64, 3000 Leuven
http://restaurantkruathai-leuven.be/nl (Dutch only)
Thai food.
Open 12:00-14:00 and 18:00-22:30 (Closingdays Tuesday and Saturday noon).

Lukemieke
Vlamingenstraat 55, 3000 Leuven
http://www.lukemieke.be/index.html (Dutch only).
Vegetarian cuisine.
Vegan and glutenfree always available.
Budget 14€ dish of the day; 20 € menu of the day with soup and dessert.
Only open during the week on non-holidays (so Thursday 10/11/16 only).
Open: Mo – Fr 12:00-14:00 (only groups of 6 or more) | Mo – Fr 18:00 – 20:30
Closed Saturday, Sunday and holidays
Reservations needed (>1 day beforehand)!
English menu available.
Dutch, English and French spoken.

Himalaya
Tiensevest 14, 3000 Leuven
http://himalayan.be/ (Dutch only).
Indian and Nepalees.
lutenfree, vegetarian en vegan available.
Budget 20 € p.p.
Open 12:00-14:30 and 18:00-23:00 (Closes on Monday).
English menu available.
Dutch, English, Indian, Nepalees and French are spoken.

Zarza
Bondgenotenlaan 92, 3000 Leuven
http://www.zarza.be/site/restaurat/leuven/3/ .
Refined gastronomical cuisine.
Vegetarian, vegan and glutenfree possible (Call beforehand preferably).
Budget 50 € -80 €.
Open from 12:00 (lunch) and from 18:30 (dinner) (Closes Sunday).
Menu in English and French available.
Dutch, French and English spoken.
Reservation at weekends and holidays necessary.

Blauwe Maan
Mechelsestraat 22, 3000 Leuven
http://deblauwemaan.be (Dutch only).
French-Belgian cuisine, mainly bilogical.
Vegetarian, vegan and glutenfree available.
Open 12:00-14:00 and 18:30-21:00 (Closes Wednesday night, Sunday and Monday).
Reservations reccomended.

Mykene
Muntstraat 44, 3000 Leuven
http://www.mykene.be/en/home .
Belgian and seasonal.
Vegetarian, vegan, glutenfree and lacto-ovo-free available.
Budget 25-35 €.
Open 12:00-14:30 and 17:30-22:00 all week.
Menu in English and French available.
Dutch, English and French are spoken.
Best to make reservations at least one day beforehand.

Kalypta
Parijsstraat 21, 3000 Leuven
ttp://www.kalypta.be (Dutch only).
Worldkitchen.
Vegetarian, vegan and glutenfree possible.
Budget 25 €.
Open every day from 11:30-14:30 and 17:30-22:00.
Dutch and English are spoken.

't Fonduehuisje
St. Maartenstraat 12C, 3000 Leuven
http://www.t-fonduehuisje.be (Dutch only).
Fondue of all kinds (chocolate fondue!)
Vegetarian (cheese fondue) and glutenfree (meat fondue without the hot sauces) available, vegan very limited (rudimentary salad only).
Open 18:00-24:00 (Sundays and holidays 12:00-23:00).
English menu available.
Dutch, English, French and German spoken by some staff.

Koutoubiya
Muntstraat 38-40, 3000 Leuven
http://www.koutoubiya.com/en/welcome-186 .
Marrocan cuisine.
Vegetarian options available.
Open: mo-th 12:00-14:00 and 17:30-22:00 | fr-sa 12:00-14:00 and 17:30-23:00 | su 12:00-14:00 and 17:30-22:00
Dutch, English and French spoken.

El Sombrero
Lei 25, 3000 Leuven
http://www.elsombero.be (Dutch mainly).
Mexican food.
Open 17:30 – 22:00 (Closes Monday and Tuesday).
Delivery possible!
Dutch and English spoken.
Reservations only by phone (003216231228).

Loving Hut Classic | Loving Hut veganerie
Tiensestraat 65, 3000 Leuven | Rector de Somerplein 13, 3000 Leuven
https://www.facebook.com/lovinghutleuven/
Vegan and seasonal (Classic) and Vegan fast food en vegan shop (Veganerie).
Glutenfree limited.
Budget Classic 15€ – 20 €; Budget Veganerie 10€ – 13€
Pets allowed!
Open: Mo-Sat 12:00 – 14:00 and 17:00 – 21:00 (Classic)
Mo-Sat 12:00 – 20:00 (Veganerie)
Closed on Sundays
Reservations recommended on Friday and Saturday @ Loving Hut Classic.
English menu available.
Dutch, English and German spoken.

Apart from these suggested restaurants there are plenty of pizzerias, chip shops, kebabs, sandwich shops and sushi-bars around town. There are so many we decided to leave it up to you to judge.

Shops

Throughout the city there are a few (smaller) supermarkets where you can find your daily needs. They are closed on Sundays and holidays and are open between 8am and 6:30pm to 7pm:

> Match (Bondgenotenlaan 58, 3000 Leuven): from 8:00 till 19:00 except on Sundays and holidays.
> Denon (Brusselsestraat 31, 3000 Leuven): from 8:30 till 18:30 (Saturday till 18:00) except on Sundays and holidays.

Furthermore there are several specialty shops in town like:

> Rondou (Pensstraat 5, 3000 Leuven) (http://www.slagerijrondou.be/) (Dutch only): Biological butcher.
> De Walvis (Mechelsestraat 23, 3000 Leuven) (http://www.walvis.be/) (Dutch only): Fish shop.
> Elsen (Mechelsestraat 36, 3000 Leuven) (http://www.elsenkaasambacht.be/welkom) (Dutch only): Cheese, charcuterie, specialty breads, tapas.

Bakers can be found throughout town.

Of course we have to mention the Belgian Chocolates. There are a few shops but we reccomend the small vendor stall next to The Match supermarket on the Bondgenotenlaan. Definitely worth visiting!

Nightshops

In the vicinity of the venue there is only one nightshop called Sheikh & Sons (Diestsestraat 261, 3000 Leuven). The opening hours are:

> Sun – Thu: 18:00 – 02:00
> Fri & Sat: 18:00 – 04:00
> Closed on Tuesdays

When you go further into the city center, there are some more nightshops but they are further away.

ATM's

There is an ATM in the underpass of the station. It is opened 24/7. If this one is empty or out of order, you can go to the one at BELFIUS-bank (Bondgenotenlaan 103, 3000 Leuven). This one is opened from 6am till midnight.